You did not mention what program you used to remove the copy protection from the DVD’s, CloneDVD does not do this. In my humble opinion the combination of CloneDVD and AnyDVD will do an excellent job of copying any movie that is currently available.
I believe it’s the simplest to use and the support is second to none when it comes to problems with new releases.
Regarding Sony ARccOS protection, AnyDVD is the leader in removing it, if a problem crops up with a new release, Slysoft is on it like a fly on a turd and is resolved frequently in hours once they are aware a problem exists.
DVD Decrypter is a good program also in removing copy protection, however, since development has ceased you will have problems with future releases that may have a new form of protection.
As for your failures I have copied both of the movies you mention without issue using widescreen version and Region 1, so I believe the problem is user error. Read the help file in CloneDVD and if there is a particular area you don’t understand ask the forum members and you will get your answer.
Your problem of no video on one, and no sound on the other I believe was due to your selections for the Video Titles and Audio streams. I have attached two images that I hope will help you. The movie is The Upside of Anger that I intentionally selected because it contains DTS sound. DTS sound is a resource hog and if you use it you will loose some picture quality because more compression is required. Audio is never compressed so to make up for it to fit on the disk video has to be compressed more, thus loss of quality. You can choose to add subtitles or not, it will make no difference in compression rates. Remember the higher you get to 100 % on the compression bar the better the quality.
I would practice using the top button of CloneDVD that will copy the movie only, if you choose to “preserve menu” (top right) you will be able to use the menu for chapter selection only, no features will be available. By choosing preserve menus, generally you will loose 4 to 6 % video quality.
I myself always check this box because I value that feature. For instructional purposes I did not check it for the below images.
Regarding sound, I never check DTS because the loss in picture quality, only keep checked the ACS-3/6 and you will have no problems, do not check directors comments because with movie only this feature is not available.
Please look at the Audio Stream settings screen below, if you use these settings you will have no problems with audio and receive the best picture quality.
Hope this was of some assistance to you.